My intended meeting was moved from Essen to Düsseldorf, which fitted better and so did the trousers I ordered made-to-measure. Only a few alterations are needed and then they will be sent to me by post.
Next stop was Cologne, where I arrived at noon. A taxi dropped me off at the Friesenplatz at Weingarten Outsize Men Shop, because of all the weight I lost over the last few months, I now fit in ‘normal’ trousers. For the first time in over 40 years I bought jeans by Pierre Cardin, or as we call him Piet Gordijn [Pete Curtain]. Another V-neck pullover [electric blue] by März and some chinos, and since all my belts are too long, two shorter new ones. It’s still to early in the season for short sleeve shirts or polo shirts, so another trip south will happen in a few months time.
All this shopping and schlepping with goods made me mühde, in your language that’s tired. At Taschen they were so kind to call a taxi which dropped me off at Cologne Central where I catched a train back home, 6 hours prior to my original time. I almost got a fine of 60 euros for doing so, but the conductor recognised me from early this morning so I only paid the € 26.40 for the trip between Cologne and Emmerich [last station in Germany before the Dutch border].
Next thing to do… eat & drink something, where’s the snert and rye bread?!
Sorry, I didn’t take photo’s, my hands were filled with bags and a crutch.